Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bei dai (baby carrier)

Our host Jiaojiang at the National Gun Club in Basha rents out rooms in his timberframe and is an excellent cook. He is a local guide and said he could use some of our camping gear so we traded for this traditional papoose.
This one is a traditional Dong Bei Dai (baby carrier). Tie the kid on and keep on working. All the Miaos that we met were super industrious - building rock walls and cedar lodges, working the fields, raising animals, making textiles. I feel like they've found a lucky balance between the old and new. They have modern things like cell phones and motorcycles too but they still attend to their own primary needs like food, shelter, and clothing.

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